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Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic is set to play his first match since Wimbledon at the World Tennis Championship this coming December.
The World No.7, whose season was ended early with an elbow injury, is due to play at the Abu Dhabi exhibition event from the 28th to the 30th December. 2017 hasn’t been a great year for the Serb, as he lost in the second round of the Australian Open in 2017, and failed to go beyond the quarter-finals at the French Open and Wimbledon.
Another man that is set to return to action is the French Open finalist, Stan Wawrinka.
The Swiss World No.9 ended his season in August because of a knee injury. The Abu Dhabi event is held two weeks before the start of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season. These two stars will join the likes of World No.1 Rafael Nadal, Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.
Juan Martin del Potro Wins in Stockholm
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro retained his Stockholm title with a straight sets victory (6-4 6-2) over Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.
The big serving Argentine claimed his first title of the season and the 20th of his illustrious career in just one hour and 25 minutes. The World No.19 broke at 2-2 in the first set before serving a total of nine aces as Dimitrov failed to convert any of his four break points.
Del Potro spoke afterwards to reporters and said “I played the best match of the week against Grigor today”. “Unlucky for that, sorry Grigor. It’s amazing to come back and hold this big trophy”.
Del Potro has made a late-season charge to put himself in contention of qualifying for the ATP tour finals in London. The 29-year-old has now climbed to 14th in the ranking, 470 ranking points behind Pablo Carreno Busta, who currently occupies the 13th and final qualifying spot.
On the other side of the net, Dimitrov is fifth in the race to London and nearing his first appearance at the end-of-season finals.
Edmund beats Ferrer in Vienna!
British No.2, Kyle Edmund registered a straight-set victory over David Ferrer to reach the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.
Edmund, ranked 63rd in the world, beat the Spanish World No.29 6-2 7-6 (7-5) in one hour and 48 minutes.
Edmund, 22, beat former World No. 3 and French Open finalist Ferrer, sealing progress to the last 16 by clinching his second match point in a hard-fought tie-break. The Spaniard struggled to find any form, as he double faulted five times in his first two games allowing Edmund to start on the front foot.
This was Edmund’s fourth victory in their last six meetings. The South African born Tennis star will face either qualifier, Denis Novak of Austria and World No. 284 or Thomas Fabbiano in the next round which is a last-16 clash.
Halep and Wozniacki win in Singapore!
World No.1 Simona Halep and sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki both got off to impressive starts in their opening round-robin matches at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
Romania’s Halep, playing her first match since reaching the top of the world rankings, beat France’s Caroline Garcia in straight sets (6-4 6-2) in the first Red Group match on day two of the WTA Finals in Singapore.
Halep’s meeting with Garcia, making her tournament debut, was highly competitive in the opening few games but ultimately Halep’s experience shone through which saw Garcia’s 11-match winning streak come to an end.
Denmark’s Wozniacki then beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine for the first time in her career, coming through with relative ease in a 6-2 6-0 straight sets win.
The one-sided nature of the result was surprising bearing in mind both players entered the WTA Finals as the tour’s top match-win leaders after recording consistent seasons. Halep, who amazingly has yet to win a Grand Slam title, leads the WTA world rankings ahead of Garbine Mugurzua.
However, the top of the world rankings is extremely competitive as seven of the eight finalists are able to finish the year as World No.1.